Additional Summer Sailings Announced
22-07-2014 Red Funnel to operate more sailings in response to growing demand
Red Funnel Ferries is pleased to announce that it is adding additional sailings to its summer schedule to cater for increasing numbers of travellers to and from the Isle of Wight.
4 additional Red Jet sailings will operate on Sunday afternoons between 27 July and 31 August 2014*, leaving Southampton at 1615 and 1715 and from West Cowes at 1645 and 1745.
An additional passenger vehicle ferry sailing will operate on Friday 25 July and Friday 22 August, leaving Southampton at 20:00 and and from East Cowes at 21:30.
Red Funnel has seen a marked increase in the number of people and vehicles who are choosing to travel to and from the Isle of Wight via Southampton. This trend is underpinned by an improving economy which has seen the total cross-Solent car market increase by +2.3% for the period Jan-Jun 2014 vs. prior year.
Jonathan Green, Marketing & Communications Director for Red Funnel commented. "The new summer sailing at 20:00 hrs on peak Fridays from Southampton is perfect for visitors from London etc who live within 2-2.5 hours drive-time. The increased demand follows greater marketing focus in this territory over the last 6 months by Visit Isle of Wight and ourselves.
Whilst forward vehicle bookings remain strong, we have also seen a healthy increase in the number of day trip foot passengers, particularly from overseas. The additional Red Jet sailings will shorten queue and turnaround times on summer Sundays".
* Excludes 10 August, a revised Red Jet timetable is in place for AAM Cowes Week (1-9 August)
~ A revised evening timetable is in operation on Friday 8 August (Cowes Firework night)